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Slaughter and May

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Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

Rob Sumroy

Work 020 7600 1200
Slaughter and May

Work Department

IP, Technology and Outsourcing


Partner and Head of the firm's Technology and Outsourcing practices. He is also one of the partners in the firm's Data Protection and Privacy hub, co-leads the cross-stream cyber advisory and fintech units and is also an active member of the firm’s Commercial Contracts advisory team.

His IP practice involves advising on the creation, protection and exploitation of IP rights in a diverse range of sectors, including media, financial services, technology and sport.

His IT practice focuses on major outsourcing, development integration and technology licensing (including cloud) agreements, cyber security, and the technology and data issues arising in disruptive technology sectors, such as the fintech sector. He regularly assists clients with the technology, data and IP input to their emerging digital strategies.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1996; solicitor for seven years; partner 2003.


Society of Computers and Law; National Outsourcing Association (NOA) – his team won Best Practice Award for outstanding advisor of 2007. He is a member of the PLC, IP IT and Communications Law Editorial Board and the Outsource Magazine Editorial Board, and also sits on the National Outsourcing Associations Cloud Computing Steering Committee.


Leeds Grammar School; Magdalene College, Cambridge (MA Law Hons 2(1)).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Leading individuals

Rob Sumroy - Slaughter and May

Within: Commercial contracts

Slaughter and May fields 'an impressive range of experts' in strategically-significant, large-scale commercial projects. In the outsourcing arena, its team is highly able in technology-related outsourcings (areas include infrastructure, application and desktop) and more general business-transformational projects (involving areas such as facilities management, manufacturing and business process). The firm is also a strong choice in other high-value and business-critical commercial matters; David Ives and others acted for Tottenham Hotspur in a kit supply and sponsorship agreement with Nike in 2017. In addition, Rob Sumroy and associate Ian Ranson acted for The Salvation Army in the multijurisdictional procurement and rollout of a cloud-based accounting and ERP platform. Elsewhere, the firm has developed a strong specialism in the interplay between outsourcings (and other types of commercial arrangements) and emerging areas such as robotics and artificial intelligence. Duncan Blaikie, who made partner in 2017, demonstrates 'strong commercial awareness and industry knowledge'.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Slaughter and May has a dedicated partner-led Brexit working group, which is chaired by Jeff Twentyman, and operates as a fully-coordinated, multidisciplinary service for clients and industry bodies. As part of its offering, the firm has significant involvement in client events and industry initiatives across numerous sectors (including financial services) in order to provide thought-leadership on the multitude of issues that are likely to arise from Brexit. Richard de Carle and Stephen Powell assisted with preparing a major publication by the firm on the WTO rules, which is now in its second edition. Powell is also the co-chair of a working group set up in 2017 by the Financial Markets Law Committee to consider the WTO regime. Competition partner Anna Lyle-Smythe is on the steering committee of the UK Legal Forum, and is also a key contributor to a number of competition law working groups examining the implications of Brexit on competition law and state aid. Ian Johnson, who heads up the restructuring and insolvency practice, is a member of the City of London Law Society and Law Society working groups, which are considering the insolvency aspects of Brexit. In terms of core legal advice to clients, in the financial services sector, a cross-practice team including Oliver Wareham, Craig Cleaver, Rob Sumroy and Nick Bonsall provides ongoing assistance to EU-headquartered general insurer Zurich Insurance Plc with its Brexit planning and associated regulatory issues; a major element of the work has centred around the client's application to the UK regulators, the PRA and FCA, for full third country authorisation of its UK branch post-Brexit. Elsewhere, other areas of sector expertise include aviation, energy, retail and telecoms. Sara Luder, Ben Kingsley, Jan Putnis, Jonathan Marks and William Turtle are other contacts. 

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

The 'practical advice' given by Slaughter and May 's 'very commercial, incredibly knowledgeable' team is 'most helpful' and 'always prompt'. Financial services regulatory expert Ben Kingsley and technology and data specialist Rob Sumroy head the group, which counts blockchain, insurtech, regtech and market-scale payments infrastructure as core strengths. Kingsley advised Euroclear on various fintech investments and joint ventures, as well as assisting it with two blockchain projects, including a report into the use of blockchain in the settlement and clearing industry. Another payments mandate saw Thomas Cook Money instruct Kingsley on strategic issues relating to its digitisation. In the start-up space, Robert Innes has helped companies deal with documentation to help engage their customers, Kingsley advised TrueLayer on various commercial and data protection matters, and Innes and Kingsley acted for insurtech company By Miles on all aspects of its growth. Also in this space, Kingsley and Sumroy advised Bupa Customer Labs, acting as an incubator for insurtech start-ups, on various regulatory matters. Other major fintech clients include payments companies and AI providers. IP and technology expert Duncan Blaikie made partner in 2017.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'outstanding' technology and telecoms team at Slaughter and May is 'very responsive, creative and easy to collaborate with'. A team led by technology practice head Rob Sumroy acted for Burberry on outsourcing its global network services, including wireless connectivity and telephony systems, and management of IT security framework, to Verizon Communications. In another highlight the team advised for SoftBank Vision Fund on its investments in two data analytics and artificial intelligence companies Ping An Medical and Healthcare Management and Ping An Healthcare and Technology. David Ives heads the firm's IP and technology practice. Duncan Blaikie was recently promoted to the partnership.

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